Welcome to Franklin Women

Australia’s only community of individuals and organisations creating a health research sector where members thrive

We believe there are amazing opportunities for women perusing careers that contribute to improving health through research, no matter their career journey.

The Franklin Women community is here to support you on this journey through our community of like-minded women working in different roles and organisations, professional development training in important career skills outside of the technical sciences and impactful initiatives that work towards breaking down barriers and building up allies among our peers, and within the organisations we work.

Join us at one of our events to learn new skills and broaden your network – the fun way!

Be part of our community of like-minded individuals

Tap into one of our Initiatives to support you in your career journey

What people say

Franklin Women has been a really good platform for meeting inspiring women whom I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I’m a member of a few science societies, and I can honestly say that FW is the most supportive network that I’m a part of. Even from my very first FW event, everyone in the group was very welcoming and friendly, which felt incredibly special to me as at the time I’d only just moved to Sydney and didn’t know very many people here.

Rina Soetanto

Consultant, Quantium Health and Government

Being a scientist can be challenging and sometimes isolating – Franklin Women is a welcoming and supportive community of like-minded people. I absolutely love their events! I’ve made so many connections that I wouldn’t have otherwise – including industry (Abbvie and Bupa), and I’ve event formed new collaborations and job opportunities directly through my involvement in Franklin Women.

Dr Sacha Stelzer-Braid

Lecturer, UTS and Postdoctoral Scientist, UNSW

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In the time it takes you to enjoy your morning coffee you will get an update on the news from our sector, learn of upcoming FW initiatives and be inspired by stories written by you, for you.

And, because our lives don’t only revolve around science (OK, maybe sometimes) it also has bits and pieces on our other favourite things – good food, cute animals and our health and wellbeing.

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I vividly remember the day when the idea to start Franklin Women crept into my head. I had just navigated my first (and scariest) career pivot leaving my traditional academic research career at a medical research institute for a new role in public health policy.

The career transition had opened up my eyes to the diversity of disciplines, roles and organisations that contribute to improving health through research – how had I not been exposed to this through my 10 years of study and training?!

 At the same time I was entering a stage when my life goals were beginning to compete with my career goals. Buying a home, my partner’s career opportunities, having kids one day, an ageing family, were all on my mind and seemed to be for my peer group too. Unfortunately, I was noticing that this juncture was in general proving more challenging for my female colleagues than my male colleagues, and many of them were quietly thinking of leaving. When I say leaving I don’t mean leaving their research careers, I mean leaving the sector all together, because of perceived lack of transferrable skills for other roles and/or limited knowledge of the breadth of roles out there.

To me this was a loss. So, nearly 6 months later, Franklin Women was born in September 2014. A social enterprise that aims to create a health and medical research sector where women thrive. I am so proud of what the organisation has become in the years since our first ever networking event where 90 women took a chance and turned up to see what this new organisation was all about. We now represent a community of individuals and organisations from who together are committed to creating a culture where diverse skills, personalities and experiences are not only valued but welcomed so we each can contribute to our fullest potential.

Thank you to everyone who has been on this spectacular journey with me and the FW team.

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